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Why The Northern Region Was Against The Motion For Nigeria's Independence In 1953

According to, following the London conference that was to decide and conclude on the Independence of Nigeria, in 1956, Chief Anthony Enahora moved a motion for Independence of Nigeria from British control, this motion was however rejected by some Nigerians, especially the Northerners.

Unfortunately it was rejected by Parliament and it therefore failed. It also resulted in a walk out by the northern NPC parliamentarians who argued that Nigeria was not yet ready for independence. The honorable gentleman Ahmadu Bello came up with a brilliant compromise. He said that the Enahoro bill should say self-government “as soon as possible” and not “in the year 1956”.

Undeterred, and refusing to listen to the concerns of their Northern counterparts, a delegation of the AG and NCNC led by Samuel Akintola, went on tour of the North to campaign for self-government. The tour was met by killings and destruction of properties which lasted four days.

Just five years after independence on October 1st, 1960, a bloody coup ushered in the military into government. A counter-coup was followed by a civil war that left millions dead and two failed attempts to restore civil dispensations before Nigeria finally returned to democratic rule in 1999.

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